Respiratory Protection: Masks versus Respirators

A discussion of the selection and use of appropriate respiratory protection equipment against airborne and droplet pathogens transmission

Throughout history respiratory diseases such as pneumonic plague, smallpox, tuberculosis and pandemic flu have had a profound impact on worldwide morbidity and mortality. Advances in respiratory protection have contributed towards an effective means to control and prevent the spread of these diseases. It must be emphasized, however, that the effectiveness of this respiratory protection whether it be a face mask or respirator is dependent upon appropriate selection and use. The purpose of this educational program is to review the impact of droplet and airborne transmission of infectious diseases, describe types of respiratory protection used by healthcare personnel, identify appropriate respiratory protection for droplet and airborne precautions, and to discuss appropriate wearing and use of respiratory protection.

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  • Nurses 1.0 CH

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